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Sunday Seminars


Skirball Sunday Seminars are open to the public. Enter at the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House, unless noted otherwise. Sessions are pay-as-you-go ($65 each, lunch included); register with the Skirball Center.

 
Anti-Semitism Through the Lens of Material Culture
Brigitte Sion, Ph.D.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 • 10 AM to 2 PM
*NOTE: This seminar will take place at our Skirball satellite Temple Israel, located at 112 East 75th Street, NYC.

Anti-Semitism is constantly propagated through new channels and media: from literature, films, music and caricatures to objects found in everyday life. Explore anti-Semitic imagery in popular culture from three different time periods: the Dreyfus Affair of the late 19th century, the Nazi era and contemporary times. Examine numerous items such as postcards, posters, games, children’s literature and toys, photos and videos. Learn how objects of the most surprising kind can help us understand the development of modern anti-Semitism.

BRIGITTE SION has a doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University. She is an expert on memorials, commemorations and transitional justice after the Holocaust and other genocides. Her expertise also includes Sephardic Jewry, modern anti-Aemitism and new Jewish rituals. She is the author of six books and numerous articles and the editor of the forthcoming Death Tourism: Disaster Sites as Recreational Landscape (Seagull Books, 2013).


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The American Jew and Cinema
Eric Goldman, Ph.D.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 • 10 AM to 2 PM

In an industry strongly influenced by Jewish filmmakers, the evolving nature of the American Jewish condition has had a considerable impact on American cinema and, in particular, on how Jews are reflected on the screen. As American Jewish screenwriters, directors, and producers have become increasingly comfortable with their heritage, an unprecedented number of movies spotlight Jewish protagonists, experiences, and challenges. Watch and analyze film clips to learn how cinema can give us a better understanding of the social, political, and cultural realities of Jewish life in America.

ERIC GOLDMAN, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and founder and president of Ergo Media, a distributor of Jewish film. He is also film reviewer for New Jersey’s The Jewish Standard. Dr. Goldman is a noted film educator and scholar of Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film. He is the former director of the Jewish Media Service and past curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. His latest book, The American Jewish Story Through the Cinema, was published in spring 2013.


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Noah and Jonah: Biblical Perspectives
on Human Transformation

Judy Klitsner
May 18, 2014 • 10 AM to 2 PM

Can human beings change? Although we make resolutions annually on the soul-searching day of Yom Kippur, do we really believe that self-transformation is possible? Explore the Bible’s complex treatment of this question, while examining the narratives of Noah and Jonah: two stories that share a remarkable number of themes, words and details. Learn how despite their similarities, these two ancient stories actually present opposing views on the question of a human being’s ability to change. Discover the surprising ways in which both views remain relevant to the modern reader in search of authentic and lasting inner transformation.

JUDY KLITSNER is a senior lecturer at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she has been teaching Bible and biblical exegesis for more than two decades. A disciple of the great Nechama Leibowitz, Judy weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship and her own original interpretations that are informed by close readings of biblical text. She lectures internationally at synagogues, campuses and adult-education programs that span the denominational spectrum. She is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other (Jewish Publication Society, paperback by Koren Publishers), which received a 2009 National Jewish book award.


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